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The Fish Collection has grown tremendously in the past 30 years as a result of substantial commitments from the NSF, the College of Ocean and Fisheries Science, and the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. In the recently published "Second Survey of Fish Collections in the United States and Canada" we were ranked fifth among "Regional Centers" in terms of importance, and ninth among 118 North American collections in number of NSF dollars received (Poss and Collette, 1995).

Had our extensive egg and larval collection been included in the survey, we would have been ranked among top "National Centers" in terms of importance, and if our most recent grant had been included we would have ranked fourth in NSF support among all 118 collections surveyed. The Fish Collection was also ranked highly for biodiversity (12th overall), accessioning activity (10th overall), exchange activity (5th overall), and number of visitors (18th overall). We are awaiting the results of a similar survey conducted in 2006 which should reflect the growth and improvements to the collection.

Poss, S.G. and Collette, B.B. 1995. Second Survey of Fish Collections in the United States and Canada. Copeia 1995: 48-70.

Read Dr. Pietsch's thoughts on "BioSystematic Studies in Ichthyology at the University of Washington"

Tiger Rockfish
Sebastes nigrocinctus, Tiger Rockfish
R. Lauth


Here are some of the most recent publications from staff members in the UW Fish Collection:

Luck, D. G., and T. W. Pietsch. 2008. In-Situ Observations of a Deep-sea Ceratioid Anglerfish of the Genus OneirodesLütken (Lophiiformes: Oneirodidae). Copeia, 2008(2):446-451. (1.4 mb .pdf file)

Reum, J. C. P., C. E. Paulsen, T. W. Pietsch, and S. Stetter. 2008. First Record of an Albino Chimaeriform Fish,Hydrolagus collieiNorthwestern Naturalist, 89(1):60-62. (104 kb .pdf file)

Carnevale, G., T. W. Pietsch, G. T. Takeuchi, and R. W. Huddleston. 2008. Fossil Ceratioid Anglerfishes (Teleostei: Lophiiformes) From the Miocene of the Los Angeles Basin, California. Journal of Paleontology, 82(5):996-1008. (13.5 mb .pdf file)

Orr, J.W., and K.P. Maslenikov. 2007. Two New Variegated Snailfishes of the Genus Careproctus (Teleostei: Scorpaeniformes: Liparidae) from the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Copeia, 2007(3): 699-710.

Cooper, D.W., K.P. Maslenikov, and D.R. Gunderson. 2007. Natural mortality rate, annual fecundity, and maturity at length for Greenland halibut (Reinhardtius hippoglossoides) from the northeastern Pacific Ocean. Fishery Bulletin, 105(2): 296-304.

McDermott, S.F., K.P. Maslenikov, and D.R. Gunderson. 2007. Annual fecundity, batch fecundity, and oocyte atresia of Atka mackerel, (Pleurogrammus monopterygius) in Alaskan waters. Fishery Bulletin, 105(1): 19-29.

Dunn, J.R. 2005a. John Nathan Cobb (1868-1930): Founding director of the College of Fisheries, University of Washington, Seattle. Mar. Fish Rev. 65(3): 1-24.

Dunn, J.R., and T.W. Pietsch. 2005b. Historical Perspectives: Daniel Morris Cohen. Copeia 2005(3): 693-700.